Earwigs!

Scythemantis

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I recently found a large number of incredibly big, black earwigs at a park here in Florida, gathered them up and put them all together in a container with soil, feeding them on fish flakes which they seem to love.

Anyhow, I didn't even realize that the largest female was systematically mutilating and devouring all the rest, and I guess she was just an overprotective mama, because the enclosure is utterly teeming with nymphs! They're so incredibly active and just adorable in the way they run around and investigate everything.

I'm hoping I can raise them all and I'd like to collect even more, but I figure I need a much larger tank to avoid the territorial conflicts. Anyone have any experience with them? Any tips?
 

Travis K

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Can you take some pics and make sure there is a penny or something in the frame.
 

ZephAmp

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Earwigs are one of the only bugs I can't get to breed. Not even the plain ol' European ones. :/
 

loxoscelesfear

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Love the earwigs. Florida has some decent size species too. Have had several gravid European earwigs produce a generation of youngins'. Didn't do anything special...just kept in a jar. Wadded up paper towels in the enclosure helps ease territorial issues. The wigs can find their own piece of real estate in the folded or wadded up towel.
 
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Alejandro45

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or if you want to keep it looking natural. you can put mango or avocado leaves in layers. Earwigs are awsome insects. sadly though many have not survived the pesticides in the past few years.
 

khil

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DUDE EARWIGS ARE SO COOL
i found a real nice male and he eats lettuce and drinks water...but i havent been able to find any freakin females, i want to breed them
earwigs are cool
 

1Lord Of Ants1

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Quite a few ring-legged earwigs here. They do seem cool, and I would like to breed them. What kind of set-up do you keep yours in and how do they react to light?
 

Scythemantis

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I got a notice that someone replied to this, but it's only showing the posts from 2010?

Well, I may as well give an update;

I put the earwigs in a huge glass jar (over a gallon) 2/3 filled with soil and leaf litter and they seemed very happy.

In about a month it had exploded with tiny little babies.

Months after that, however, incredibly minute ants got in while I was away and ate every last one of them.

Since then, however, I've actually had PROBLEMS with earwigs hitch-hiking into my other tanks, breeding, and sometimes eating roach nymphs.

I had to do a massive cleaning of one roach colony to pick out every last wiggy and tranfer them to something else.

So, I can confirm they are incredibly easy to keep - you don't even have to know they're there!
 

ReignofInvertebrates

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I got a notice that someone replied to this, but it's only showing the posts from 2010?

Well, I may as well give an update;

I put the earwigs in a huge glass jar (over a gallon) 2/3 filled with soil and leaf litter and they seemed very happy.

In about a month it had exploded with tiny little babies.

Months after that, however, incredibly minute ants got in while I was away and ate every last one of them.

Since then, however, I've actually had PROBLEMS with earwigs hitch-hiking into my other tanks, breeding, and sometimes eating roach nymphs.

I had to do a massive cleaning of one roach colony to pick out every last wiggy and tranfer them to something else.

So, I can confirm they are incredibly easy to keep - you don't even have to know they're there!
Very interesting. Thanks for the update! I guess i didn't realize earwigs had much value in the hobby, but there are some cool species out in the field that i would love to collect this spring!
 
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